The microclimates inside these spas in NYC are pretty much the opposite of what you’ll find out there on the sidewalk. Hide from the wind at these luxurious water spas, steam rooms and bathhouses, where you can kick back in a hot tub, get a massage, or just let the warm air melt all the tension out of your bones.
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Modeled after the public bathhouses of ancient Greece and Rome, this candlelit sanctuary offers sumptuous, classically-inspired decor and a bathing cycle similar to those practiced by the Greco-Roman elite. During a 90-minute session, you’ll progress through a series of warm, hot and cold pools (including saltwater and multijet baths), plus a 97°F steam room. Top it all off with a cup of tea and a lie-down in Aire’s hot-marble relaxation area.
At this 10,000-square-foot Russian-Turkish bathhouse, you can hop between two saunas, a steam room, a Jacuzzi (99°F) and a 60–80°F half-pool, all beneath a supremely kitschy mosaic of a mountain landscape. Fuel up before you go with a snack from the on-site Russian restaurant.
Cycle through a steam room, a Finnish-style river-rock sauna (kept between 150 and 200°F), a thermal hot tub and a cold-plunge pool at this subterranean Noho refuge. You can also kick back in a chakra-light steam room, which combines shifting colors and wet heat. Thanks to a luxurious lounge that features, among other amenities, a three-story waterfall, it’s easy to spend the day here, hiding from the cold.
Open since 1892, this East Village mainstay boasts an impressive array of shvitzing areas, from a radiator-warmed Turkish sauna to an aromatic steam room. But the spa’s crown jewel is its Russian sauna, heated by a stone oven that makes it extra-hot (around 194°F, and sometimes higher), where you can sweat en masse with the regulars. Dump a bucket of frosty, refreshing water over your head to cool yourself down, or grit your teeth and jump into a cold pool (48°F).